Who Are We?
The FAIR School is a K-12 Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School community with two campuses, downtown Minneapolis and suburban Crystal, Minnesota. The FAIR School is the result of imaginative educational conception, inventive curriculum planning, and innovative architectural design. As part of the West Metro Education Program (WMEP), our school community stretches across urban and suburban lines as a collaborative effort involving eleven public school districts: Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Anthony-New Brighton, St. Louis Park, and Wayzata.
The Crystal campus is our 4-8 campus, located in the northwest suburb of Crystal and is a nationally recognized school by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
The FAIR model began in 2000 with the opening of Crystal, and Downtown adopted it in 2009, where it has evolved and grown. Staff, students, and parents have fostered a school community where students learn in an academically challenging environment that promotes critical and creative thinking. Our commitment to arts education gives students the opportunity to actively engage in culturally relevant and student-centered curricula. Through an interdisciplinary approach to instruction, students make cognitive connections across several disciplines.
The student experience is enhanced by the school’s partnerships with the community through our FAIR + program. Students gain access to opportunities with business, arts, and academic organizations. For more information, please see our FAIR + Partnerships page.
What is our vision?
We see FAIR School as a beacon of 21st century learning, grounded in equity, and defined by arts and academic excellence, where all students achieve through the integration of the arts, technology, cultural understanding and active, committed community partnerships.
How Have We Been Honored?
Since inception of the FAIR model in 2000, the passionate, creative, and committed faculty, staff, and administration have continued to provide the tools and support necessary for students to achieve academic excellence. Our work to enhance the achievement of all students, while preparing them to thrive in a diverse world, is done through intentional and integrated learning opportunities. This innovative work has attracted national recognition and the school has received multiple grants. In celebration of the work we do, we received:
2014 Celebration School - Downtown Campus
2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year - Thomas Rademacher